The secret behind Arsenal’s injury time title win vs Liverpool at Anfield in 1989

Arsenal 1989 Liverpool Michael Thomas Anfield
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Arsenal travelled to Anfield in the final game of the 1988/89 First Division season knowing they had to win by at least two goals to overtake title rivals Liverpool in the table and become champions. 

Of course, the Gunners duly did, with Alan Smith scoring in the 53rd minute to set up a grandstand finish, before Michael Thomas popped up in injury time to break Liverpool hearts and ensue scenes of Arsenal jubilation. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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